Best summer gear and accessories for VW
We realize summer is still a full two months away, and right now the weather isn’t quite heating up enough for us to shed our outerwear, but that’s about to change. If you’re like our staff members here at Compass VW, you probably start dreaming of bike trails and camping trips the moment you feel the heat of the sun starting to warm your skin. If you’re driving one of our SUVs, you may not be too concerned about cargo space, but bikes can be unwieldly even for larger vehicles. Today we’re pointing you in the direction of some of our best summer gear and accessories for VW, offered to your straight from Volkswagen DriverGear.
In case you aren’t aware, Volkswagen is a huge supporter of US cycling, and it’s no wonder why. Cycling is a great way to get some exercise, plus there are some scenic bike trails in the Middletown NY area for those who aren’t fond of city streets. But if you want to take your bike with you, you’ll likely need a bike rack for your Volkswagen. Depending on the model you have, there are a few different options. Looking at the 2016 Volkswagen Golf, we can order two different options, depending on if you have a two-door or four-door model.
Each carrier requires both base racks and the bike holder attachment. Installation is quick and simple thanks to a lock-in design. First you install the carrier bars by removing the plugs on the underside of the front-end door frames. The pin of the front carrier bar is designed to fit into this hole. Fit the carrier over the top and fit on both sides before tightening with the tool that comes with the VW kit.
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For the rear end, you’ll see arrows on the windows and indents on the underside of the door frame, but no plugs. In this case you simply fit the bar between the arrows and tighten in the same way.
To install the rack itself, you simply pull out the caps at the edge of the carrier bar to give access to the channels. The bike rack has guides that slide into the channels and then you snap the levers down on either side to lock it in place. Be sure to push the channel caps back in, and you’re good to put your bike on the rack.
Other VW accessories for the outdoors
While bike racks are the most commonly requested accessory for VW models, there are a variety of other options to make the summer season more enjoyable. Those who love kayaking will appreciate the security of an OEM rack, but a cargo container is a great solution for road trips, and even simple things like a sunshield is practical for keeping leather and V-Tex leatherette upholstery safe from the heat of the sun. Trunk liners or blocks can also help to organize your cargo area for smaller sporting gear, or keep the upholstery clean from muddy days.
These are just some of the accessories for your car specifically, but Volkswagen DriverGear also offers a whole catalog of VW merchandise, from workout clothes to beach balls, tents to ice buckets. If you’re curious about your options, take a look at the DriverGear catalog or give us a call and we’d be happy to give you an estimate. Until then, be sure to check back here at the Compass Volkswagen Blog for more information on all things VW.